Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Day and Night

During both the day and night services, the blessings after Shema start with the word “emes” (true). In the morning we say Emes V’Yatziv (true and established), while at night we say Emes V’Emuna (true and faithful). What significance do these variations have in connection with their assigned time?

“To speak about His kindness in the morning and His Faithfulness at night” (Tehillim 92). In the daytime, when the world is filled with light and everything is clear, we can easily perceive Hashem’s kindness. For this reason during the morning prayers we say Emes V’Yatziv, describing all of the open miracles that G-d did for us during the Exodus from Egypt.

During the night, which represents the dark times in our lives, the good in Hashem’s actions is much less apparent. Night is a time of emuna, because even when we cannot understand what is taking place, we have trust in G-d that He is leading the world towards the final redemption. For this reason, at night we say Emes V’Emuna, a blessing that foretells the miracles of the future, which will be even greater than those we experienced when leaving Egypt (Rashi and Tosfos Brachos 12a).

Because of the direct connection between each of these blessings and the time of day they are recited, one should be very careful to say each one in its proper time. What if one accidentally mixed them up, and started Emes V’Emuna in the morning or Emes V’Yatziv in the evening? As long as one has not yet said Hashem’s Name at the end of the blessing, he should start again. If one already mentioned Hashem’s Name, he should complete the blessing and move on (Mishna Berura 66,53).


Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON BALAK AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

'Balak' Magic
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Days
Shlomo Katz - 5775

Listen To The Mocking Bird
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

ArtScroll

Body Language
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

The Nine Days of Mourning
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

The Darkest Corner
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Apter Rav: How Do You Spell Ahavas Yisrael?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Unusual Circumstances
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Three Festivals: The Holy Journey
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

> From Amidst The Ashes
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Die Like a Jew
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

If It Can Happen To Bilaam, It Can Happen to Any of Us
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Only A True Magician Succeeds
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Bilaam's Killing Kindness
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Bilam: A Perfect Tzadik?
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Jewish Dwellings
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information